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Equity Crowdfunding

How Crowdfunding Is Creating More Social Enterprises

Lisa Curtis | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Lisa Curtis

When I ran a crowdfunding campaign for Kuli Kuli last May we had zero money, no full-time staff and a network that consisted mostly of other broke 20-somethings. And yet, within a day we had raised $22,000.

Where Will You Get the Money for Your Startup Idea?

Lee Schneider | Posted 06.15.2014 | Small Business
Lee Schneider

You have a great idea for a startup. All you need is some cash to get your business going. Oh, and a staff, and maybe a place to work that is not a coffee shop. But let's not get ahead of ourselves. Let's start with the money.

Crowdfunding Is Growing Up: Here's What You Need to Know

Jorge Newbery | Posted 03.18.2014 | Business
Jorge Newbery

Just six months ago, equity crowdfunding was not yet legal in the U.S. Today, there are close to 1,000 crowdfunding sites in existence -- at last coun...

Will Equity Crowdfunding Help Create The Next 'Silicon Valley' Outside the U.S.?

Chance Barnett | Posted 05.06.2014 | Impact
Chance Barnett

Equity crowdfunding is now bringing investment online, and changing the way early stage capital is invested in given industries.

How to Make a Bigger Impact With Your Investments in 2014

Jorge Newbery | Posted 04.19.2014 | Money
Jorge Newbery

If you're looking to make a bigger social impact with your investments this year, you have many options. Here are five ideas to help you get started.

What to Know Before You Invest in Startups

Bill Clark | Posted 04.15.2014 | Money
Bill Clark

Depending on certain factors, it could be a great idea to put some portion of your portfolio into high risk assets like startups. But before you do, there are three major factors you need to consider to make sure start-up investing is appropriate for you.

A Reality Check on Crowdfunding

Brad Chase | Posted 02.01.2014 | Business
Brad Chase

The American Dream is alive and well in Generation Y; its entrepreneurial spirit as strong as any generation since the so-called Greatest Generation. It would be a shame if the inevitable erosion of hope in crowdfunding turns entrepreneurs away.

Who Let the Dog Out: On New Crowdfunding Rules and Why It Is Time for Us to Wise Up

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Victoria Silchenko

If equity crowdfunding had the same alert system color code as Homeland Security, it would have jumped from green to orange on October 23rd, 2013. Fo...

Will the JOBS Act Actually Create Any JOBS?

Patrick McGinnis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Patrick McGinnis

Now that the most significant change in securities law in years has become the law of the land, it's incumbent on Americans to ask a basic question: how will the JOBS Act actually create jobs?

The Crowdfunding Controversy

Lee Schneider | Posted 11.26.2013 | Small Business
Lee Schneider

You can crowdfund your movie, album, hospital stay, birthday, or social good project. Now, there's equity crowdfunding. It might just be startup heaven or startup hell.

Equity Crowdfunding Is Set to Begin This Fall for Small Business Owners. Are You Ready to Snag $1 Million?

Jerry Chautin | Posted 10.12.2013 | Small Business
Jerry Chautin

Unlike donation crowdfunding, all promotions and marketing for equity crowdfunding had to be done on the portals.

This Charity Just Revolutionized The Future Of Fundraising

The Huffington Post | Nader Salass | Posted 07.30.2013 | Impact

A health care crowdfunding platform just helped revolutionize the way that nonprofits are funded. Watsi, a prominent nonprofit that funds medical c...

Equity Crowdfunding and Advertising: Be Careful What You Wish For

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 09.15.2013 | Business
Victoria Silchenko

It is official -- on July 10th, 2013 the Security and Exchange Commission (S.E.C.) lifted the ban for private offering advertising. This means that on...

Equity Crowdfunding: Next Generation of Angel Investors Is Not Sorry to Disrupt

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 07.06.2013 | Business
Victoria Silchenko

Nikola Tesla wrote once, "The present is theirs; the future, for which I really worked, is mine." I can see this being quoted by any supporter of equi...

The Top 5 Lessons Learned in Our First Year

Ryan Caldbeck | Posted 06.25.2013 | Small Business
Ryan Caldbeck

In the course of its first year any startup will confront issues it had not anticipated. Decisions will be made that are wrong. Every new business is different, and every one will encounter its own unique problems. Here are the lessons we learned from our mistakes at CircleUp in our first year.

On Creativeness and Why Crowdfunding Will Surpass the VC industry

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 05.11.2013 | Small Business
Victoria Silchenko

According to the Kickstarter's data, there was $274 billion collected last year (+238 percent from 2011). In comparison, VC's invested $26.5 billion in 2012 (-10 percent from 2011). Do you see the difference?

Life on Elitus: Rattner Discovers New Planet

Gregory C. Simon | Posted 05.05.2013 | Business
Gregory C. Simon

While Elitus sounds interesting, its distinction between Venturians and Crowders seems oddly out of touch with events on Earth where starting new things has been in vogue for centuries.

Conscience Is In, Greed Is Out and Crowdfunding Is On

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 04.07.2013 | Small Business
Victoria Silchenko

For most entrepreneurs crowdfunding is not just an option anymore. It is a necessity. And as we all know, necessity is the mother of invention. Stay tuned.

With Equity Crowdfunding, You Can Play Venture Capitalist

Pamela Poole | Posted 02.12.2013 | Technology
Pamela Poole

What are the odds that they knew that the start-up could soon face serious competition from established American crowdfunding platforms because our laws were about to change? Slim, I'd say.

Crowdfunding Is Not an F-word

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 02.10.2013 | Small Business
Victoria Silchenko

Equity crowdfunding (or crowdfund investing) is not operational and not legitimate in the United States yet and for those who are growing comfortable with the concept, there are three essential facts to remember.

Why Crowdfunding Is The Next Big Thing: Let's Talk Numbers

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 12.22.2012 | Business
Victoria Silchenko

Entrepreneurs in the U.S. are waiting with their hands up for the SEC to arrive with new solicitation and general legislation rules that would allow them selling shares over the Internet utilizing the equity- based crowdfunding model.

Equity Crowdfunding for Dummies: The Simple, Plain-English Guide to the CROWDFUND Act

Maurice Lopes and Stephen Temes | Posted 08.20.2012 | Small Business
Maurice Lopes and Stephen Temes

By making it possible to sell equity (shares of stock), this will open the door for more investors to get involved and fund private businesses. This will facilitate many more businesses coming into the market, because they will finally have access to the capital they need to get started.